MOOROODUC CLIMATE SMART FARM
This 70Ha beef farm at Moorooduc on the Mornington Peninsula has had a series of GPS soil health points recorded in April 2022. This will help inform a digital map of the farm so progress can be measured against management decisions.
Novag T-Force No-Till System
Novag’s system cuts a neat seed delivery slot through the existing pasture or crop residues and then closes the incision with a precision roller wheel. This optimises the soil to seed contact, protects the new seed from scavenging birds and leaves the planted zone exceptionally undisturbed.
The inverted T cutting blade allows for seed delivery and protection from fertiliser burn at the same time by spacing the seed on the opposite side of the planting slot.
Vaderstad Rapid 600S Air Seeder
To be able to instantly adapt to varying soil types or differing conditions in the field, Rapid A 400-800S can be equipped with the unique depth control system Interactive Depth Control (IDC). The system enables fine-tuning of the seeding depth with 1mm accuracy on the move.
Combined with the possibility to alter the seed rate, the driver is constantly in full control of the seeding operation.
By optimising output, the crop get the best start possible, leading to perfect emergence.
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Jones Group -Compost Spreading
Local agricultural contractors Jones Group are spreading spent chicken manure and compost on designated demo paddocks.
Adding organic material has been a traditional way of increasing soil function, health and water holding capacity.
The demonstration paddocks will show how chook manure interacts with inoculated seeds, insect frass and biochar.
Why multispecies pasture?
Experience has shown that planting mixed pasture with grasses, tillage radish, legumes and pollinator friendly flowers mimics the biodiversity of native grasslands. The tillage radish acts like a jackhammer to open up compacted soil while creating carbon pathways. Grazing animals thrive on this salad bowl of fodder as do beneficial insects and subsequently birds.
Tillage Radish 8%
Tillage Radish is a brassica bred specifically for its large tuber taproot, which is used to reduce soil issues such as compaction. Tillage Radish is also a short term fodder option (10-12 weeks) with first grazing in 5-6 weeks, and 2-3 grazings possible prior to maturity. Tillage Radish produces very palatable feed, appropriate for all cattle and sheep.
Maximum fodder and tuber development occurs when sown in Jan/Feb, although Tillage Radish can also be sown in autumn and spring to provide quick feed options. Strategic grazing can also delay maturity.
When compared to other brassicas, Tillage Radish is a drought hardy, lower risk option due to the energy reserves available in the tuber, and its ability to access subsoil moisture and nutrients.
Persian Clover 2.5%
Shaftal is a soft-seeded, late maturing annual clover that is best suited to hay production. It has a semi-erect growth habit and is adaptable to various soil types, with tolerance to waterlogging and mild soil salinity. Shaftal is very palatable, highly digestible, and is well suited to multiple hay cuts, grazing or silage production.
Marleigh Oats 22%
MARLEIGH is an exciting new grazing oat which has been selected as a superior grazing oat with exceptional early vigour. It is still under evaluation for disease tolerance in northern grazing regions but has shown excellent early vigour and biomass potential in all southern regions.
Cartwhell Triticale 20%
A dual purpose triticale with excellent dry matter production and grain recovery after grazing. Endeavour is adapted to long season grazing environments across Australia. It is well suited to the slopes and tablelands of New South Wales; Victoria’s Gippsland, north-east, central and western districts; and south West South Australia. It is best sown through March and early April.
Faba Beans 6%
PBA Amberley is a mid-season flowering faba bean that has high yield potential in the higher rainfall and long growing season districts of south eastern Australia. It has a greater level of resistance to chocolate spot than all current varieties and is also resistant to both pathotypes 1 and 2 of ascochyta blight. The improved disease resistance of PBA Amberley offers the potential to reduce the risk and cost of faba bean production in high rainfall areas where foliar fungal diseases are a major constraint.
Leafy Turnip 2.5%
Quick, short-term, palatable, high quality feed is what you can achieve from this annual hybrid brassica, that is capable of providing high yields from multiple grazings’ when grown on fertile soils and is properly managed.
Field Peas 8%
An early to mid-flowering and maturity with wide adaption and good yield potential which makes it suitable for cultivation across the southern cropping belt. Resistant to PSbM and BLR viruses. Released 2021.
Balansa Clover 3%
Balansa has good levels of hard seed which allow it to regenerate well after a season of cropping. In such a system it provides nitrogen and also serves as a disease break. Due to its aerial seeding, maximum production will only be achieved if attention is given to maximising seed yield and optimising conditions for good establishment.
Annual Ryegrass 11%
New to Australia after proving sound performance in AGF Seeds trials. Bred by DSV in Germany Apex has demonstrated later maturity and quality feed production right through the season. Apex combines well with short-term legumes such as Persian/shaftal and balansa clover. An excellent choice for grazing, silage and hay option, with late season quality to make most of good soil conditions or late rain. In trials, Apex has proven its adaptability to Australian growing condition
Vampire Ryecorn 17%
Ryecorn Variety from Waratah Seeds. Vampire ryecorn has been selectively bred to improve leaf production and mature later than common ryecorn, therefore offering greater biomass during a longer growing season. This improved productivity makes Vampire ryecorn an excellent choice for the discerning grazier.
How are farmed flies helping with recycling?
Rather than sending food waste to landfill where it gives off damaging methane, Bardee harness nature’s recyclers, black soldier flies, to process the material into sustainable, all-natural protein and oil for pet food, poultry and aqua feed, and nutrient-rich organic fertilisers.
We are incorporating this organically certified fertiliser at the Moorooduc Climate Smart Farm Project to demonstrate its benefits to soil biological health, nutrient availabilty and impact on plant vitality.
The Bardee ‘Superfly’ biodynamic fertiliser was added to the paddock at 500kg/Ha
We are interested to see how it impacts the soil biological activity, the available nutrients and fertility of the pasture.
Bardee redirects organic waste destined for landfill and uses it as food for Black Soldier Flies. This reduces methane emissions and recycles organic waste into safe and useful biological fertiliser.
Demonstrating the impact of different soil inputs